LIVEBYTHELAKE, the hotly anticipated series of outdoor summer concerts at Kenwood House, marks the welcome return of the English Heritage concert season. British rock giants SUEDE and KEANE will headline on August 23rd and 25threspectively; Suede’s special guests are British Sea Power and Teleman; Keane’s special guests are Laura Mvula and Jessica Sweetman.
In more detail:
Kicking off proceedings on Friday August 23rd are the multi-platinum selling, mighty SUEDE, Britpop progenitors, one of the world’s most exciting rock bands and whose sixth studio album ‘Bloodsports’ was released in March, after a ten year gap, to much critical acclaim. Suede’s special guests are the splendid Brighton-based indie rockers BRITISH SEA POWER, the title of whose current album, ‘Machineries of Joy’, was inspired by a collection of short stories by the great sci-fi author, Ray Bradbury. The band recently performed their soundtrack for the documentary film ‘From the Land to the Sea’, directed by Penny Woolcock, at the Sundance London Film and Music Festival at the 02 and at the Sheffield Documentary Festival. Also on the bill is fast rising TELEMAN the London guitar, drum, and synth trio.
To complete the perfect first weekend on August 25th the Brit Award winning, Grammy nominated, 10 million selling KEANE will take to the stage; fronted by the charismatic Tom Chaplin, the band’s fourth studio album, Strangeland, was released in May 2012 and immediately topped the UK charts.
KEANE are delighted to have as their special guest the uniquely gifted soul singer/songwriter LAURA MVULA, whose debut album, ‘Sing To The Moon’, was released this year and instantly catapulted her into the musical stratosphere and a headlining slot at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival. Also performing on the same bill is the young British singer/songwriter JESSICA SWEETMAN.
Produced by the young dynamic agency, Rouge Events, Live By The Lake’s outstanding lineup is scheduled over six days – August 23rd-25th and August 30th-September 1st; each show promises to attract up to 10,000 music and film lovers to enjoy the music and share a picnic with friends and family in more than 100 acres of Kenwood House’s beautifully landscaped gardens.
Boasting the perfect mix of pop, rock, soul, classical, musical theatre and film, LIVEBYTHELAKE promises something special for every music lover in the land. Tickets are now on sale at www.kenwood.seetickets.com and there are a limited number of discounts for residents in many of London’s northwest postal districts.
Ticket holders will be able to choose a variety of reasonably priced tickets for each concert and to decide whether or not to bring their own picnic and all-weather paraphernalia! For those who want to rock up unhampered, the best of Carluccio’s Italian picnics can be ordered in advance and picked up on the day of each orchestral concert. (NB: Suede and Keane concerts will be standing room only, so picnics and chairs should be left at home and a range of drinks and delicious food will be available from the on-site concession stands).
PROGRAMME at a glance:
August 23rd: SUEDE and special guests BRITISH SEA POWER
August 24th: CHORAL GREATS FIREWORK SPECTACULAR with the ROYAL CHORAL SOCIETY and the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC CONCERT ORCHESTRA conducted by RODERICK DUNK
August 25th: KEANE and special guest LAURA MVULA
August 30th: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN’ – open air film screening headlines an evening of classic MGM HD musical films, score performed by the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC CONCERT ORCHESTRA conducted by NEIL THOMSON
August 31st: OPERA AL FRESCO with ANA MARIA MARTINEZ, WYNNE EVANS and the ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA ORCHESTRA conducted by CBE PAUL DANIEL
September 1st: MICHAEL BALL and friends sing songs by GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN with the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC CONCERT ORCHESTRA conducted by JAE ALEXANDER
Nathan Homan of Rouge Events says: “We are absolutely delighted to be producing the first LIVE BY THE LAKE at Kenwood House in association with English Heritage. We’ve got a wonderful lineup of world class performers and I think Kenwood’s beautiful grounds are the perfect setting for what promises to be a seriously great series of summer concerts. Even in this digital age, the appetite for live performance is greater than ever – the calibre of artists who are appearing at Live By The Lake is a testament to their own enjoyment of playing outdoor concerts and I think audiences across the six nights will love every minute of it.”